Sunday, April 16, 2017
I figure it wasn’t very much fun to be one of Jesus’ disciples from Good Friday to Easter Sunday. They had been very excited about what they had discovered when they met Jesus, and as they followed him, sharing in the teachings and miracles of the Messiah. It was like a dream come true. It must have felt like everything they had hoped for in life and beyond was the experience of their daily lives.
But then, when they saw Jesus crucified and buried, their world turned upside down as their dream come true turned into a nightmare come true. Not knowing where to turn, they spent their time hiding in fear, or returning to their simple lives as fishermen.
Hopeless. Dark days of isolation and sorrow.
Then came resurrection Sunday.
Friday was not the end of the story, however.
Though they experienced the depths of sorrow and despair, God didn’t leave them there. Three days later, there was exultation beyond their wildest imagination. This is the story of hope, the story of life, God style.
Resurrection living applies to many areas of our lives, where we need God’s light to shine into the darkness of our struggles and experiences to bring new hope, fresh starts, second chances and new opportunities. Whether it is second opportunity after a broken marriage, a fresh start breaking free of addictions, or simply moving to new dreams while leaving despair behind, God specializes in resurrecting the dead places of our lives.
Simple message today: offer God those areas of your life that could stand to be given new life, then watch him work. You will be as amazed as the disciples were, come Easter morning.
P.S. Nola and I went to watch the movie, “The Case for Christ” yesterday in preparation for Easter. It’s worth the time and money…I encourage you to make plans to go yourself…and invite a friend! Happy Easter!